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Duke Medicine: Gestational diabetes - how it happens, how it's managed

Posted May 9, 2011 8:18 p.m. EDT

Laura Brown, family nurse practitioner and certified diabetes educator at Duke Medicine, tackles the topic of gestational diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is one of the most common complications in pregnancy, occurring in about 5 percent of all pregnant women. Although it is more common in women who have a family history of type 2 diabetes, are overweight, or are inactive, gestational diabetes can occur in any pregnancy. Usually there are no symptoms.

If a mother’s glucose is too high, babies can get too big (macrosomia) and have low glucose levels after delivery (hypoglycemia).

What goes wrong when a woman has gestational diabetes? And what's the best way to manage it? Find out in the full post by Brown on